Draft and Proposed Rules - Public Swimming Pools and Spas
Posted July 15, 2021
PROPOSED PUBLIC POOLS AND SPAS RULES AVAILABLE FOR
Tentative Pools and Spas Rules Timeline
July 15, 2022 Proposed Rules Published in the Texas Register
30-day Formal Public Comment Period Begins
August 15, 2022 30-day Formal Public Comment Period Ends
October 25, 2022 Adopted Rules Published in Texas Register
November 14, 2022 Earliest Rules Effective Date
Pools and Spas Proposed Rules for Review
Texas Register – July 15, 2022 Issue
Formal Comment Submission for the Proposed Public Swimming Pools and Spas Rules
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is accepting formal comments from stakeholders on the proposed Public Swimming Pools and Spas rules through August 15, 2022. The rules were amended to reflect the consideration of comments submitted in response to the December 21, 2021 pools and spas draft rules. DSHS will consider each comment received during the formal comment period and will provide a summary of the comments and DSHS responses in the adoption preamble published in the Texas Register. DSHS is unable to provide an individual response to each commenter.
To facilitate DSHS review, use the following template to submit comments.
Template – Formal Comment Submission Table
Comments may be emailed to: EHGRulesCoordinator@dshs.texas.gov.
Please include the following items for each comment submitted.
•The specific citation and page number for the referenced proposed rule section.
•Recommended alternative language.
•A description of how your recommendation will affect public health and the regulated community.
House Bill 2205, effective September 1, 2021, requires DSHS to adopt by reference the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), except for Chapter 1, related to permitting and inspection; Chapter 7, Onground Storable Residential Swimming Pools; Chapter 8, Permanent Inground Residential Swimming Pools, Permanent Residential Spas and Permanent Residential Exercise Spas; and Chapter 10, Portable Residential Spas and Portable Residential Exercise Spas. DSHS may not adopt rules that conflict with or fail to carry out these requirements. Click on the link to access the current ISPSC.
Attn: Environmental Operations Rules Coordinator
Public Swimming Pools & Spas Program, MC 2835
Environmental Operations Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Please write “Formal Comments for Pools and Spas” in the subject line.